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Leali’ie’e and Simon were named to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Preseason All-Texas Small College Team.

LEWISVILLE – Texas A&M University-Commerce’s Antonio Leali’ie’e and Amon Simon have been named to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Preseason All-Texas Small College Team in advance of the 2021 season. 

Dave Campbell’s Texas Football considered all four-year institutions, Division I FBS level for this team, reflecting the 2019 season statistics for the Lions. A&M-Commerce went 11-3 and advanced to the Super Regional finals in their first season under head coach David Bailiff. 

Simon (Humble – Atascocita) had a spectacular 2019 season, earning second-team All-American honors from the Associated Press and D2CCA. The Lone Star Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year was also named first-team all-region by the D2CCA and earned his second consecutive first-team All-Lone Star Conference honor. As a result, Simon has the opportunity to become the first repeat winner of LSC Offensive Lineman of the Year in the non-divisional era since Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Moses Horn did so in 1986 and 1987. A&M-Commerce’s R.J. Brisbon won consecutive awards in 2008 and 2009, but they split it from 1997 to 2010. 

Leali’ie’e (Copperas Cove) was a first-team All-Lone Star Conference pick at running back in 2019, appearing in 10 games with 104 carries for 689 yards and seven touchdowns for an average of 6.6 yards-per-carry and 68.9 yards per game. He had three games with over 100 yards rushing, including 18 carries for 169 yards against Midwestern State in a game where he also had a receiving touchdown. He had 17 carries for 133 yards, and two touchdowns against Western New Mexico and 13 carries for 141 yards, and a touchdown against Texas A&M-Kingsville. 

Lion Football is now seven weeks away from kicking off the 2021 season at Colorado State-Pueblo on September 2. The Lions have a marquee neutral site game on September 11 at Globe Life Park in Arlington in the LSC opener against Midwestern State, with tickets available now. 

The Lions have six home games in 2021, and season tickets are available at WeAreLionsTix.com. The home season starts on September 18 against defending Division II national champions West Florida. 

2021 Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Preseason All-Texas Small College Offense

PositionNameSchoolClassHometown
QBEric SchmidSam HoustonJr.The Woodlands
RBKevin BrownUIWSr.Mount Pleasant, S.C.
RBAntonio Leali’ie’eA&M-CommerceSr.Copperas Cove
WRJequez EzzardSam HoustonSr.College Park, Ga.
WRXavier GipsonStephen F. AustinSo.Dallas
WRJake ParkerHoward PayneSr.Whitehouse
OLColby ThomasSam HoustonSr.Manvel
OLJustice GuilloryStephen F. AustinFr.Katy
OLAmon SimonA&M-CommerceSr.Humble
OLParker HannaWest Texas A&MJr.Stratford
OLBoomer WarrenHardin-SimmonsJr.Haslet
PKAdrian GuzmanTarletonFr.Temple
KRCe’Cori ToldsUIWSr.Houston

Defense

PositionNameSchoolClassHometown
DLJahari KaySam HoustonSr.Berkeley, Calif.
DLJoseph WallaceSam HoustonSr.Dallas
DLMelik OwensMidwestern StateSr.Houston
DLG’Karri McCoyAngelo StateJr.Dallas
LBStorey Jackson*Prairie View A&MSr.Kansas City, Kan.
LBMichael JewettTrinityJr.Houston
LBAkeem JacksonMary Hardin-BaylorSr.Fairfield
DBZyon McCollumSam HoustonSr.Galveston
DBDevin HaffordTarletonSr.Humble
DBJefferson FritzMary Hardin-BaylorSr.Kaufman
DBKJ KelleyEast Texas BaptistSr.Abilene
PMatt McRobertSam HoustonSr.Berowra, Australia
PRK.J. MillerMary Hardin-BaylorJr.Orange

About Drew Ivery

Director of sports and podcasting for STAR 95.9. Host & producer of the Crunch Time podcast with Drew & Stevie J under East Texas Podcasting. Play-by-play commentator for the Sulphur Springs Wildcats.